|Situated on the banks
of river Nethravathi and surrounded by the lush green forests and hills
of Malnad, Dharmasthala is known for it's beautiful surroundings and Sri
Manjunathaswamy Temple. In Dharmasthala, charity is a way of life, extended
to all without discrimination. Sri Dharmasthala which is one of the sacred
places in South India and is a famous pilgrim centre. It is situated in
the village of Dharmasthala, in Beltangady Taluk of South Kanara district
about 75 kms from Mangalore.
|Originally this place
was called Kuduma, it has rich history of over 800 years. The History of
this place says that, one day about 800 years ago, angels in the form of
human beings came to house of pious people, Barmana Heggade and his family.
The couple received the visitors with joy and respect. Impressed with the
hospitality and the treatment given by the family, the angels appeared
in their dream and promised to stay at Kuduma. They also ordered Barmana
Heggade to give donations and food for the needy everyday. As per the wish
of the angels Barmana Heggade built temples for Kalarahu,
Kalarkai, Kumarswamy and Kanyakumari and performed the rituals and
ceremonies from time to time.
Entrance of Dharmasthala Temple
||Sometime later when Annappa Swamy,
the messenger of the angels brought Shivalingam from Kadri in Mangalore,
Heggade built a temple of Manjunatha Swamy and installed the Kadri's Shiva
Henceforth, several ceremonies were
held together for Manjunatha Swamy, Chandranatha
Swamy and the angels. Kuduma became Dharmasthala, the place where
Dharma is a way of life.
Now Dharmasthala is beautiful city
with modern houses, magnificient buildings and tourist bungalows. There
are many educational institutions providing basic and higher educations.
several years, the Heggade family have continued to serve the place with
Some of the prominent in the Heggade
dynasty are Kumarayya Heggade, Manjayya Heggade (the second), Chandayya
Heggade, Rathna Verma Heggade.
Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple,
Lord Bahubali's Statue, Dharmasthala Temple
||Following the footsteps of his ancestors,
the present Dharmadhikari, Sri Veerendra Heggade has successfully accomplished
several revolutionary developmental projects. Soon after he took charge,
Sri Veerendra Heggade completed the installation of the 39 ft., 170 ton
Bahubali in Dharmasthala.
|In 1982 the
Mahamasthakabhisheka of Bahubali was held in a grand fashion. It was an
important milestone in the history of Dharmasthala.
The temple has Vaishnavite Archakas
and is administered by Heggade, a Jain Trustee. Charity is a way of life
here & is extended to all with no distinction of caste or creed. Thousands
throng the temple and every visitor is fed free of charge. During Laksha
Deepothsava, one lakh lamps are lit and literacy and religious discourses
Free mass weddings which were started
in 1973 have gained popularity. It is a boon to those who cannot afford
weddings on their own. The Siddavana gurukula
started by the Late Manjayya Heggade has become a model educational institution.
Sri Kshetra is known for Annadhaana,
Vidyadhaana and Abhayadhaana. It is one of the few pilgrim centers which
provides free boarding and lodging to all the visitors. The exponentially
increasing number of visitors is a proof of the good work being done here.
Sri Veerendra Heggade
Dharmasthala is also a famous educational
center. The educational trust of Sri Kshetra manages colleges in Ujjre,
Mangalore, Udupi among other places. The medical trust also provides services
to eradicate and prevent many diseases in local villages. The Dharmasthala
trust has also executed projects to provide basic
The Yakshagana group of the trust is
moving forward with the aim of popularising yakshagana through out the
country. Yakshagana training programme is held every year. There is also
a yoga training center. The monthly magazine Manjuvani publishes articles
of religous importance and local information. ;
Dharmasthala: Tel: 91 8256 77141
Enquiry: 91 8256 77123
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